In Pictures: Open East festival celebrates anniversary of London 2012 at Olympic Park

By Culture24 Reporter | 29 July 2013
A photo of a river with green dye in it in front of a stadium at night
Last year, while the Olympic Games captivated the country, the accompanying cultural programme saw artists such as Martin Creed, David Hockney, Tracey Emin and Howard Hodgkin play their part in the feelgood factor.

A photo of a river with green dye in it in front of a stadium at night
© Open East Festival
To mark the anniversary, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park played host to a special Open East festival over the weekend. The culmination of both days saw Bompas and Parr turn the River Lea green.

A photo of a river with green dye in it in front of a stadium at night
© Open East Festival
The food art duo used a reactive powder dye to light up the banks, commissioned by festival co-producers Barbican and Create London.

A photo of a man drinking green dye out of a glass bottle
© Open East Festival
Their watery brainwave followed their giant fruit salad at Kew earlier this summer and a similarly illuminating river of neon under the ss Great Britain as part of Museums at Night.

A photo of a set of stones made out of inflatable plastic
© Open East Festival
Sacrilege, Jeremy Deller’s recreation of Stonehenge which toured the country in the build-up to the Games, also returned.

A photo of people playing on a bouncy castle
© Open East Festival
The life-size work by the Turner Prize winner transports Wiltshire’s most famous archaeological attraction, allowing visitors to play on its inflated terrain.

A photo of a politician standing in front of a green bouncy castle
© Dave Tully / In-Press Photography
The Mayor of London said he was “thrilled” to see Deller’s “inspired bouncy Stonehenge” at a festival full of “fun and magic”. He added that the Park had the potential to become a key venue in the capital.

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